Faith and governance: why local context matters

Thursday 7 November, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event details Faith and governance: why local context matters
Organiser name Therese O'Toole and Stephen Jones
School The Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship; School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies; University of Bristol
Date 07/11/2013
Time 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol BS1 5TX
Speakers Dr Therese O'Toole, University of Bristol

Dr Stephen Jones, University of Bristol

Professor Paul Weller, University of Derby

Maqsood Ahmed, Director of Community Development at Muslim Hands and former Advisor to CLG

Daniel Singleton, National Executive Director, FaithAction

Rebecca Catto, Research Fellow, Centre for Social Relations, Coventry University

Type of event Panel presentation and discussion
Reception Refreshments will be provided
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Debates about faith participation in governance are vigorously contested, but all too regularly the distinctive challenges faced in different local contexts and the varying impact of national-level debates on different areas are neglected. Within the media and in the academic study of faith participation there has been a tendency to concentrate on the public pronouncements of politicians and policy discourses, leaving the complex interaction between national government and local political and civic organisations ignored.

This event will explore the involvement of faith leaders and faith-based organisations in governance at a local level in the UK, examining how national debates and changing national policy agendas influence governance in different areas and what looking at the wider implications of local context for national debates about faith and political engagement.

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